How to Make Stromboli

Turn pizza into a fun weeknight dinner by rolling it up for a stuffed stromboli! Dip in homemade marinara, and you’ve got a meal that everyone will love.

When you think of eating pizza, are you picturing yourself at a restaurant, ordering a large pie to share with friends? Or maybe you think of ordering take-out or delivery for a once-in-awhile kind of meal. Because with pizza, it seems too time-consuming to make, and it also seems a little junky, which is why we tend to reserve it for special occasions or as a treat when we don’t feel like cooking.

However, we love pizza too much to limit it to dine-out or take-out only. That’s why we have pizza dinners peppered throughout our meal plan service – healthier, homemade pizzas that you can feel good about eating, such as Balsamic Mushroom & Chard Pizza, Pulled Pork Pineapple & Jalapeno Pizza, and Asparagus & Prosciutto Pizza. Keeping it homemade and cutting out a lot of the calories that usually come with take-out pizza makes it a lot healthier, so you can have more than one slice.

With the help of store-bought pizza dough, it’s really easy to make pizza for a weeknight meal, which means you don’t have to leave it to the pros. You can watch our video here on how to prep pizza dough, and once you learn how, you can add all the different sauces, cheeses, and toppings that you like!

We’ve already showed you many easy and healthy ways to enjoy pizza for dinner, so today we’re going to up our pizza game.

Instead of the usual flat pizzas, we’re giving dinnertime a fun twist by making stromboli! Stromboli is really just a pizza that is stuffed and rolled. Similar to a calzone, but a calzone is a crescent-shaped pocket filled with all the goods, whereas stromboli looks like a long rectangle or log with all the goods layered in between the rolled-up dough.

It doesn’t take too much extra time to turn pizza into stromboli, although if you were short on time, you can enjoy a classic pizza. It’s a win-win situation! Watch our video below to see how easy it is to make a fun dinner that the whole family will love:


How to Make Stromboli

What's better than pizza for dinner? Pizza rolled up! Learn how easy and fun it is to make stromboli in this short video.

Although we wrapped up our #KidsWhoEat series last week, this is definitely the best way to finish off this series. If you have been following along, we offered many resources and tips to help you nurture better eaters. This series is all about creating opportunities for kids to learn about food and cooking, and to help them build an appreciation for healthy eating and a happy relationship with food.

Getting your kids involved in the kitchen is a great way to raise them to become healthy eaters, so with that said – let them join in on the stromboli fun! They’ll love stretching out the pizza dough, putting on all the toppings, and they’ll definitely want in on rolling up the pizza.

You can get the full recipe for our Stromboli with Mozzarella and Salami below for free when you sign up for a taste test. Get ready for a fun and delicious family activity!

Weeknight Meal: Stromboli with Mozzarella and Salami #recipe via @cooksmarts


Stromboli is a stuffed and rolled pizza. We fill this one with mozzarella and salami, cut it into slices, and serve with extra homemade marinara sauce for dipping, plus a simple side of Lemon Garlic Broccoli. If you’re short on time, you can skip rolling this into stromboli and cook it like you would a regular pizza instead.

Get the Recipe Here

Prepping Smarts

  • Resting pizza dough will make it easier to work with, so take the dough out of the fridge 30 minutes before baking, cover in some flour, and let it sit.
  • Shallots add fantastic aromas and flavors to homemade marinara. Our video below shows how easy it is to dice this aromatic.
  • Parsley is optional but makes for a nice garnish to the stromboli. Learn how to chop parsley with our quick video tutorial below.

How to Work your Pizza Dough

Get our tips for making pizza dough pliable and ready to be to stretched out for all your good toppings!


How to Dice Shallots

This short video shows you how easy it is to chop shallots, which lend a lot of flavor to your cooking.


How to Chop Cilantro or Parsley

Learn how to chop parsley using the 'pivot-and-fan' chopping technique with this short video.

Equipment Smarts

  • Saucepan – used for making a super simple and quick marinara sauce
  • Sheet pan – makes it easy for you to take the stromboli in and out of the oven
  • Whisk – to beat the egg wash, although you can also use a fork (just make sure to break up the egg, so that you can easily brush it on the stromboli without clumping!)

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